Intrepid Travels

Vessel Name: Intrepid Elk
Vessel Make/Model: Outremer catamaran 51
Hailing Port: Fremantle
Crew: Robert and Revle Elks
16 May 2017
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30 September 2016
22 September 2016
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17 September 2016
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16 May 2017

Cherbourg encore

We are reunited with Intrepid Elk after a winter/summer separation and it is good to be home again. IE has had a facelift and her shiny white hulls are dazzling once more. She has a beautiful new bimini (shade cover) over the helm seat, which Robert designed and which was fabricated in Portsmouth and [...]

06 October 2016

IE preparation for winter

Our sailing days for this year are over and we are once again busy getting IE ready for a winter in the northern hemisphere. This year, she will be in the water for most of the time, with a short interlude on land in a large painting shed, where she will have her hulls painted. In order to get her into [...]

30 September 2016

Cherbourg, France

It was an inky black moonless night as we slipped out of the river and across the sand bar with fishing vessel Emma Louise behind us. Revle was on the bowsprit with a spotlight looking for hazards ahead. I was at the helm, peering at our chartplotter and concentrating on following our inward track. [...]

22 September 2016

Plymouth

We made a motoring passage of 35 miles to Plymouth Sound, then battled against strong currents up the Tamar River to an anchorage at West Mud where we spent a peaceful night. Plymouth has been a major naval base for centuries and we had some close encounters with modern navy ships in the harbour. We [...]

18 September 2016

Falmouth

Our passage to Falmouth took us past The Lizard, a projecting headland with a ferocious tidal race. We passed a little too close and got caught in the race which was too bumpy for comfort. Approaching the Falmouth harbour, we had the excitement of crossing our track from June 2015 when we made landfall [...]

17 September 2016

Newlyn

We left the Isles of Scilly early in the morning to catch a light northerly wind to Land's End and the fishing port of Newlyn, just south of Penzance. We couldn't believe our luck, having another gentle passage through one of the most treacherous and notorious waterways in northern Europe. We galloped [...]

La Scandola

08 September 2014
The walks along the hill tops around Girolata take you up above the sea. For the most part, you have it all to yourself as the small tripper boats which come here during the day, only stay for about an hour, so the trippers do not have time for a long walk. The water is azure blue and clear and swimming is a pleasure (just have to watch out for the stingers in the water, as Robert found out to his cost once before!)
The people who man the small shops and cafes in this tiny port appear to have adopted an alternative and eco-friendly lifestyle and much of the produce is home grown and homemade/baked, with donkeys and cows in the paddocks and chickens (and roosters) audible in the background. The furniture is rustic and all sorts of odds and ends have been used to make decorations as well as utilitarian pieces.
We enjoyed being able to stay for two nights in this staggeringly beautiful place, and we left on a clear, still morning with time ahead to see the best part of the La Scandola before the afternoon haze blurred the outlines of the amazing landscape. We motored close to the cliffs all the way north, past cliffs that were worn and weathered, and rocks that appeared to have been thrown into the sea below.
Further north, a gentle breeze picked up and we cut the engines and sailed the rest of the way, arriving at Calvi by mid-afternoon, with time to drop anchor and take the dinghy ashore for a pre-dinner ramble.

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